7 Years After Columbine, Educators Call Cops More Often


No longer is a locker room scuffle a matter of a scolding or a few extra laps, says the Dallas Morning News. Much of the responsibility for discipline has shifted from the principal’s office to the patrol car. Texas education officials say they are receiving more complaints from parents about police actions against their students than ever before. “We hold children to higher standards than we hold adults,” said Billy Jacobs of the Texas state education agency. “We don’t leave any room for children to make mistakes.”

Yesterday marked the seventh anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. Educators say the perils of ignoring basic discipline problems have become so obvious since then that it’s impossible to turn back. “I don’t think we can just write off two kids getting into a fight with the nature of our society today,” said Steve Payne, principal of Allen High School. “That could come back on us that we knew about it and didn’t do anything about it.”

Link: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/042106dnccolockdown.1c77df03.html

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